Oscar de la Renta’s decision to invite John Galliano for a three-week residency at his studio prior to the fall runway show came with all the ingredients of a real fashion moment: the disgraced designer hoping to reenter the industry; a revered icon of the fashion world and New York society trying to help hasten that process; Anna Wintour’s muscle, and a vote of confidence from the Anti-Defamation League that had many speculating on just how many strings had to be pulled to get this powerful group to weigh in so positively on Galliano’s alleged self-improvement since his anti-Semitic rant in a Paris café.
The show was the most talked-about of the week—would Galliano be backstage tweaking the last few outfits? Would both designers take a runway bow? Is Galliano going to succeed de la Renta right after this show? None of the above happened. There was a rumor that Galliano sat backstage, but he was completely out of sight (although Suzy Menkes was overheard at the show telling someone she ran into him in the restroom).
Alberta Ferretti's "Rainbow Week" sweaters are back. The designer closed her #MFW show with a few day-of-the-week sweaters, which first debuted on the catwalk last January as part of the pre-fall 2017 collection. #wwdfashion (📷: @delphineachard)